By: Colleen AF Venable
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: November 2013
Mr. Venezi’s store, “Pets & Stuff” had changed as in big time. He was no longer selling pets. There had to be another way to make some money so Mr. Venezi began to order other things for the store. Of course everyone would simply rush in to buy those walrus toothbrushes he ordered, or so he thought. In his shop a mystery was never all that far away and soon he was shouting, “My pen! It’s gone!” It was a true mystery and Detective Herbert the turtle was slowly going to work on the case.
Now you’d think that in Venezi’s store, detectives Sasspants and Hamisher would step up to the plate to solve the mystery of the pen, but there was a little problem. Sasspants and Hamisher had retired. No more cases for them because as Hamisher exclaimed, “Now we’re deep-sea explorers! The astronauts of the ocean!” Viola, Mr. Venezi’s assistant arrived to work and discovered the toothbrushes. Not to worry, Mr. V had some “aardvark neckties” that would soon be arriving at the shop. There was only one problem and that was that no one was buying anything.
Herbert was still trying to find the pen thief while Sassapants talked to the chinchillas to see how they had been doing at Viola’s. Suddenly unusual things began to happen in the shop not long after Bree came into it reading a mysterious dragon book. Things began to appear while other things like Mr. V’s walrus toothbrushes and aardvark neckties began to disappear. One unwelcome thing that appeared in the shop was Mr. Westing. He was going to evict Mr. V for not paying the rent. Was it time for Sasspants and Hamisher to come out of retirement to solve a very perplexing mystery? Were they all going to be out in the streets?
Sasspants PI(G) and Hamisher come out of retirement to solve a very fiery, perplexing case. As usual, things are hopping in Mr. Venezi’s pet store, but there are a lot of changes occurring. Mr. V is no longer selling pets and a few other very interesting things are happening that will excite young readers who look forward to each installment. We are introduced to Detective Herbert, a turtle, and there appears to be a love interest on the horizon. Of course even dropping a hint would be a spoiler, so you’ll just have to read Going, Going, Dragon! to find out. If you’re a newbie to the series, you may wish to start at the beginning, but if you’re not, you’re going to be on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment!
Quill says: If you have a wanna be detective, Sasspants PI(G) and Hamisher, will definitely give them a few pointers!